Do you know what I believe to be the best meditation practice? The one that works for you.
As I go deeper into my personal meditation practices I have been reflecting on my own meditation journey. I know with certainty that I had to start small and start easy. That’s what worked for me.
Perhaps, another method will work for you. That’s awesome. Embrace whatever works.
If however, you are like me and think small and easy is the answer I invite you to try meditating for just one minute a day. Give this a try for a day, or a week, or a month. Then reassess and see. Are you content staying at one minute? Or would you like to try a little longer?
I started my meditation journey with just one minute a day. It wasn’t long before I tried 2 minutes, then 5….
Over the years I have experimented with various types of meditation from guided to breath work, body scans, mantras, and recently have even been exploring death meditations.
In the beginning guided meditation is what worked for me.
I am a huge fan of the free app Insight Timer. You can easily use filters to find meditations based on length of time. You can also narrow searches to specific themes.
One of my favourite teachers is Robin Rice. She currently has 14 one-minute meditations to get you started.
Another early option I tried was short mantra meditations. It can be a challenge for me to get out of my head. Focusing on the words of a mantra has been a great tool for me.
This is one of my favourites and just six minutes long
If you prefer silence, simply setting a timer and focusing on your inhales and exhales is a fabulous option.
Next week I will share some of the benefits of meditation, but this week if you are willing, I invite you to just be curious and explore some meditation. Embark on a little experiment and see what feels right for you.